Gianluca Balocco is an artist who uses photography as a tool to investigate the human and social environment in relation to the intelligence of plants.
He began his research in the 1980s when studying the techniques of photography and applying these to his own artistic experimentation. These are the years of his "photo-tracks", photographic shots transformed into concrete images that recall mechanical, random painting. In the 90s he embarked on a cycle of research into the relationship between the individual mind and collective memory. In 1993, at the XLV Venice Biennale, he presented “Viaggio senza Passaporto”, a photographic installation built on the theories of Bion, linking memory, images and emotions.
His systemic approach, enriched by neo-evolutionist reflections, was again present in the exhibition “Cosmovisione Shuar”, a long artwork created in Amazonia in collaboration with a Shuar community isolated in the forest. The images were collected in the volume “Witjai - The Green Gene of the Human Race”.
In 2015 Balocco published the volume “Naked Plants”, a photographic and poetic inquiry into the intelligence of the plant world.